This Week in History
British Capture Fort Frontenac
|For the week of Monday August 24, 1998
On August 28, 1758, Lieutenant-Colonel John Bradstreet captured Fort Frontenac (today in Kingston, Ontario) from French forces on Lake Ontario. This was part of the British campaign against New France during the Seven Years' War, when European armies and their First Nations allies struggled to control trade and territory in the interior of North America.
The British fought back, building Fort Oswego on the south shore of Lake Ontario in 1722. Adding to the tension between the mother countries was the westward expansion of American colonials from the east coast. When Americans tried to settle in the French-controlled Ohio Valley in 1754, war broke out.
In recognition of Fort Frontenac's strategic importance to the fur trade, the fort is commemorated as a national historic site by a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque in Kingston, Ontario. Archaeological work has revealed the remains of the fort. Robert Cavalier de la Salle, the first French explorer to reach the mouth of the Mississippi, is recognized as a person of national historic significance.
** Map based on information taken from the GeoAccess Division maps
©1998. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada with permission of Natural Resources Canada.
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